BREAKING: Corey Trivino kicked off BU hockey team

By Tim Healey and Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff

UPDATE: 10:51 a.m.
Men’s hockey forward Corey Trivino, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges Monday stemming from an arrest by Boston University police late Sunday night after allegedly groping and attempting to rape a BU resident assistant.

The Metropolitan College senior was held without bail until his arraignment. Trivino, the leading goal scorer (13 goals) in Hockey East, was arraigned on seven different criminal charges at Brighton District Court on Monday.

Trivino has been permanently dismissed from the No. 9 Boston University men’s hockey team.

Trivino is charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, one count of assault to rape, and three counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime for felony, according to criminal dockets obtained from Brighton District Court.

According to Jake Wark, Suffolk County District Attorney spokesman, Trivino was released without bail, but had to surrender his Canadian passport and was ordered to stay away from the victim and BU housing. If Trivino wishes to use his passport, he must post $25,000 cash bail, Wark said.

According to the BU Police Department police report, obtained from Brighton District Court, the incident began when the RA heard individuals in a room being extremely loud. The RA went to the room to tell them to quiet down, and Trivino followed her back to her room and pushed her door open, the report states. She said in the report that she told Trivino to go back to his room, but instead he allegedly started kissing and groping the victim. The victim told Trivino he was being inappropriate and should leave her room, and he left, according to the police report.

A few minutes later, Trivino allegedly returned and was banging on her door. The RA opened the door slightly and Trivino tried to kiss her, but she pushed him away, according to the police report. The RA said in the police report that she told Trivino “You need to stop,” and “You need to go.” Trivino allegedly cornered the victim by her desk and attempted to kiss her as she pushed him away, the police report said. She said in the police report that she managed to get him to leave at that time and she then texted a friend for help.

Trivino then returned a third time and banged loudly on the door, according to the report. The victim said in the report that she needed to open the door as part of her RA duties. Trivino allegedly forced his way in again and tried to kiss her, then sat on her bed, took his shoes off, said he would sleep there that night and laid down.

At that time, the RA called the Resident Director of the area, the police report said. When Trivino heard her on the phone with the Resident Director, he put his shoes on and ran out of her room, the police report said, and then the Resident Director told the RA to call the BUPD.

According to the police report, “a very intoxicated male” got on the elevator with the police responding to the call. The male identified himself as Trivino and identified his room number as that of the RA, the police report said, at which time he was arrested.

Trivino’s next court date is Jan. 18 at Brighton District Court.

UPDATE: 7:59 a.m.
Vinny Saponari, a former linemate and roommate of Trivino’s and currently a forward with Northeastern University, has not responded to a voicemail seeking comment. However, he had this to say on Twitter around 3 a.m. without directly mentioning Trivino: “Somtimes life takes turns you cant explain so you turn to friends n family n just have a little faith because things tend to work out #myboy.”

Senior forward Corey Trivino has been kicked off the BU hockey team as of Monday night, according to team sources. His removal from the team is reportedly due to an arrest Sunday night for breaking and entering and assault with an attempt to rape. More details to follow.

Millan sets BU all-time saves record in win

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

ORONO, Maine – Last spring, after a second straight conference championship-less season for the Boston University men’s hockey team, Kieran Millan had a decision to make: leave school early to go pro with the Colorado Avalanche or stay at BU for his senior season.

On one side, he had a lot of money up for grabs, as well as a couple of teammates doing the same thing. Classmate David Warsofsky bolted to join the Boston Bruins organization, and then-senior captain Joe Pereira played for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate, after the BU season ended. And with a seemingly open starting goalie spot in the pros, no one could blame Millan for taking his talents to Denver.

But on the other end, he had a chance to cement his legacy as one of the best – if not the best – goaltenders in BU hockey’s lengthy and decorated history.

The senior netminder chose the latter, and after the No. 11/12 Terriers’ 5-1 win over the University of Maine Saturday night at Alfond Arena, it more and more looks like Millan made the right decision: with the 30 saves he racked up against the Black Bears (6-7-2, 5-6-1 Hockey East), he passes Sean Fields as the all-time BU saves leader with 3,057.


Bear-ing down the hatchet

ORONO, Maine – It will be a merry Christmas break for the No. 11/12 Boston University men’s hockey team. After struggling to win back-to-back games in the early part of the fall semester, the Terriers (10-5-1, 8-4-1 Hockey East) topped the University of Maine, 5-1, via four third-period goals on Saturday to complete a streak in which they have won seven of their last eight games.

Senior forward Corey Trivino and sophomore forward Sahir Gill both recorded the first multi-goal games of their careers, and freshman defenseman Alexx Privitera potted his first goal in a BU jersey. Senior goaltender Kieran Millan also set a new career saves record, topping former Terrier Sean Fields’ 3,055 career saves when the former recorded 3,057 by the end of Saturday’s game.

“The puck went in the net for us,” said BU coach Jack Parker. “We had some great opportunities before that. I thought that through the first and second, we had a couple power plays that might have been good opportunities.


Captain Connolly collects 100th career point in BU win

By Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff

DURHAM, N.H. — When a hockey player imagines scoring the 100th point of his career at any level, he probably envisions the point coming on a skillful goal or a great pass to pick up an assist. But when Boston University men’s hockey senior captain Chris Connolly scored his 100th point as a Terrier Thursday night, the point was not quite a highlight-reel play that a player might imagine.

The assist came on senior forward Corey Trivino’s game-winning goal 7:51 into the second period of BU’s 2-1 win over the University of New Hampshire. The Terriers were fighting for possession of the puck down low when a shot glanced off the side of the net and bounced off the boards toward Connolly. The senior attempted to get his stick on it, but he inadvertently deflected the puck to sophomore forward Sahir Gill near the dot instead. Gill drew UNH goaltender Casey DeSmith out of his net before getting the puck to Trivino, who fired it into an empty net to put the Terriers up 2-1.

“It’s not how I would have drawn it up,” Connolly said of the assist. “Obviously I maybe would have wanted to get a goal or something like that, but that’s okay. Corey’s been hot, and it’s nice to see him put another one in there.”

Connolly’s 100th point is a special milestone for a player who came to Boston University one year after he thought his hockey career was over. Back in 2007, Connolly had fielded a few less-than-enticing offers from D-III colleges and figured he would give D-I college hockey one last shot by trying out for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. For Connolly, it was either make the team or move one with life after hockey.

Connolly not only made the team that year; he grew into one of the Lancers best players, putting up 55 points in 59 games while helping the Lancers to a Clark Cup title.

The Terriers noticed Connolly while he was with the Lancers and brought him to Commonwealth Avenue as one of the less-heralded players on a highly talented 2008-09 squad. Connolly made his mark immediately at BU and scored the first goal of the 2009 NCAA championship game, which the Terriers went on to win.

Connolly has steadily put up close to 30 points in each of his three previous seasons as a Terrier while serving as a leader for the team as a co-captain in 2010-11 and the sole captain of the 2011-12 squad.

But Connolly’s success on the score sheet was not the only unexpected aspect of his BU career. The fact that Connolly decided to play in Boston at all was unusual for a Duluth, Minn., native, as players from Minnesota typically stay in the area to play their college hockey. Connolly even turned down a last-minute offer from hometown University of Minnesota-Duluth, which is where his younger brother, University of Duluth captain Jack Connolly now plays as a senior captain. Jack is more of a scorer than Chris, as he has collected 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) through 16 games with the defending national champion Bulldogs. Jack reached the century mark in points last season and now has 162 points in his career with the Bulldogs.

But although almost 1500 miles now separate the brothers, the younger brother still had his older brother in mind as Chris approached the milestone.

“He knew that milestone was a possibility this year,” BU’s Connolly said. “He texted me before the game and said good luck on it and good luck for the game. I’m happy for him and I know he’s happy for me.”

Connolly has yet to score a goal this season but has 11 assists in 14 games. Despite what Connolly called a strange assist on Thursday for No. 100, BU coach Jack Parker said that like usual, Connolly was a central part of the Terriers win.

“I’d love to see him get a goal but he’s getting points and he’s really giving us a lot of energy and a lot of heart,” Parker said. “Our team kind of played off their captain tonight I thought.”

The milestone means Connolly is the 78th player in team history to reach 100 points in a career. Connolly said he never expected to reach the century mark with BU; he just wanted to help out the team in any way he could. To etch a place for himself in the BU hockey history books is icing on the cake for his Terrier career.

“Obviously it’s an honor to be on that list,” Connolly said. “When I first came here, I never thought I’d do anything like that. So just to be able to have the opportunity to so much to this team in my four years here has been a blessing to me. I just thank the coaching staff for giving me the opportunities to be successful.”

BU tops UNH 2-1, sweeps season series

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

DURHAM, N.H. – Just as the No. 11/12 Boston University men’s hockey team readies to finish off the fall semester, it finished off the University of New Hampshire tonight at the Whittemore Center by a score of 2-1, sweeping the three-game season series.

UNH (6-9-2, 4-7-1 Hockey East) got things started quickly, with forward Greg Burke netting his third goal of the year at 4:32 in the first. The play started in the BU (9-5-1, 7-4-1 Hockey East) offensive zone, when UNH intercepted the puck on a centering pass from sophomore forward Charlie Coyle and brought to the other end. Senior goaltender Kieran Millan stopped the initial shot, but had no chance when Burke roofed the rebound right after.

Despite the goal, BU’s play got better as the period went on. The Terriers ended the period with an 11-9 advantage in shots on goal, and successfully killed off a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty halfway through the frame.

BU picked its game up in the second, tying things up at one apiece just 4:54 into the period on a goal from junior forward Wade Megan. He charged into the BU offensive end with junior assistant captain Alex Chiasson, whose shot was denied by UNH goaltender Casey DeSmith. Megan was there, though, to hammer home the rebound for his third goal in three games against the Wildcats.

But the goal may not have been as important as the play before it. With UNH pressuring, freshman defenseman Alexx Privitera – playing in just the eighth game of his career – got on his stomach to prevent a pass and force a turnover, leading to Megan and Chiasson’s 2-on-1 opportunity.

That play was just one aspect of an overall impressive game for the rookie who has forced his way into the lineup in recent weeks.

“This game might be one of the key turning points to his settling in and being a real important player for us,” said coach Jack Parker. “We recruited him to be an important player, he was struggling on the defensive end a little bit, he was in and out of the lineup and he was getting really frustrated. Even when he was in the lineup he wasn’t getting ice time on the power play.

“[The improvement is] obvious to us, I said to him right after the game, I went to his stall and said, ‘Hey, welcome aboard. You’ve arrived.’”

Minutes after Privitera’s play and Megan’s goal, senior forward Corey Trivino put his team up 2-1 at 7:51. Privitera took a shot that was wide left, and it bounced back out to bounce off of senior captain Chris Connolly’s stick, right to sophomore forward Sahir Gill. Gill quickly shoved it to the right to Trivino for the easy goal with DeSmith on the opposite side of the net. It was the 100th point of the captain’s career.

“It’s a strange play really,” Connolly said. “[Privitera] threw it towards the net and hit the side there. It came off the wall there and I tried to grab it and it just deflected right off my stick. It just happened to go right to Gill and Gill made the nice play to get the goalie out of the net. Corey had a wide-open net, so I really didn’t do anything.

“But I guess I’ll take it.”

The third period was much like the first one, but minus the UNH goal, meaning the Trivino goal – his team-high 11th of the season – ended up being the difference maker.

The Terriers killed off another penalty in the third – sophomore defenseman Garrett Noonan for tripping – making their penalty kill a perfect 5-for-5 on the night while allowing just six shots on net.

It’s the most recent accomplishment of an overall impressive effort on special teams of late for the Terriers.

“If you looked at the first three or four games on our special teams, it was like you should take the coach out back and give him a beating in front of his own family,” Parker said. “Now we look like we know what we’re doing as far as killing penalties; we look like we know what we’re doing on the power play. And we’re benefiting from it, especially the PK.”

Parker also attributed much of the penalty kill success to Millan, who broke the 3,000-save barrier tonight.

“Kieran Millan is one of the greatest goalies ever to play here,” Parker said. “He’s a terrific goaltender, he’s had a good career here, we hope he continues to mount some records.”

November mailbag

What school should Hockey East try to get for the 12th team once Notre Dame comes in? Should they add a 12th team? – Anonymous

As of right now, it looks like Hockey East will start its future with Notre Dame as an 11-team league simply because there has not been a lot of serious talks with schools that may join the league, but since Notre Dame will not be joining the league until 2013-14, there is plenty of time to talk with potential candidates. Because of location, Holy Cross and RPI look like the best choices to join Hockey East. RPI is an interesting option because of its history.

The Engineers have rejected the possibility of joining Hockey East twice, which may make the league a bit hesitant about them. They do, however, have a rich hockey history in which they’ve won NCAA championships, played in national tournaments and competed against some of the Hockey East teams in the ECAC back before Hockey East was formed.

Holy Cross does not have that same history of national success, which may be a concern in a highly competitive league like Hockey East, but they’ve proven over the last few years that they can beat anybody. The Crusaders upset top-seeded Minnesota in an NCAA regional in 2006 and beat BU this season. Their rink is a bit small with a capacity of 1,600, almost 1,000 seats less than Merrimack’s Lawler Arena.

There are other options as well. Quinnipiac has been mentioned because of its state-of-the-art rink and growing interest in its hockey program, but it does not have the history of a highly competitive program that would make it a good option within Hockey East. It seems at this point like RPI would be the best choice should Hockey East add a 12th team, but it is also unclear how far west the league is willing to look and what type of assets it values in a 12th team (level of competition, facilities, tradition etc.)

What’s the most surprising storyline in Hockey East this season? – Anonymous

The most surprising storyline at this point would have to be the success of UMass-Lowell. The Riverhawks were picked to finish ninth in the league in the preseason poll and were an unknown considering they entered the season with a new coach, three young (in class year) goalies and a roster that seemed to only add one scorer in freshman Scott Wilson to a team that finished in eighth place offensively.

But the Riverhawks have proven themselves to all the naysayers. They have won seven of their last eight games, pushed their way into the national rankings and sit in fourth place in Hockey East entering the weekend. The only team they’ve really struggled to beat all year was BC, but that was before BC entered into its recent funk. Although BU fans may be bitter about UML’s 7-1 thumping of BU, what the Riverhawks have done so far this season should be appreciated. They’ve proven that parity in Hockey East is still strong and that there is no easy win in this league.

How likely do you think Rollie will be to get the start in future games? – Anonymous

Kieran Millan has to lose his job again, and as long as last Saturday’s game was an aberration, Millan won’t be losing his job any time soon. The biggest issue with Millan right now is that he seems to be a little too comfortable as the starter. He has said a few things that make it seem like he feels like he is owed the starting job because of how well he has played in his time at BU. While Millan did deserve to earn the first shot at being the starting goaltender, he did not earn the right not to lose his job, and that’s something Millan needs to remember.

I’d love to hear specifics about the recruiting process regarding how BU finds their players. For example, I would assume that Parker is coaching nearly every day during the hockey season. And I’m assuming Powers, Bavis and Geragosian are at BU games and practices for most of the time during the college hockey season. When do they find time to see the players? (particularly ones far away?) I’m assuming you need to see a player numerous times before making an offer to him? Are there other coaches that we don’t know about that see these players during the recruiting process? – Anonymous

As far as we know, there are no other coaches who do the recruiting for BU other than any coach listed on the coaching staff. Any time a coach is missing from a BU practice or game, it is because he is off recruiting somewhere. There are some breaks during the hockey season that make for a good time to go on a recruiting trip, and high school players also play on weekdays, so a coach could go recruit somewhere and still be at all the BU games. Coaches also go to showcase tournaments, especially in the summer, to see the best kids from a certain area play against each other, and that is a major way to find players. BU constantly has recruits coming for visits to Agganis during the week, and those visits provide coaches with another time to see a player or judge his character. BU coaches also have many contacts throughout the junior hockey world, so even if they only get to see a certain player in person a couple of times, they can always talk to people they know in that player’s league who can offer a perspective on him.

For BU player strength and conditioning work, how many days a week and hours are players expected/required to spend performing weight and cardio training? Do the players perform their strength training on an individual basis or does the entire team perform the work together at designated times? Finally, when the players are in the gym performing their training work, does Mike Boyle oversee every training session or does he just work with the players every other session or at some other cadence? – dff100

The hockey team basically works out (by doing some sort of exercise, not just in the gym) six days a week. They normally play games Friday and Saturday nights, and then they either have Sunday or Monday completely off from all aspects of hockey. Whichever day they don’t have off as well as Tuesdays through Thursdays normally involve gym workouts, practice in the mid-afternoon and video sessions. The team typically works out together at a specific time, but sometimes injured players will work out on their own. The team also does river runs about once a week. Mike Boyle does not oversee every training session, but he always has someone from his staff at Agganis with the players. He sets their work out routines, and the staff makes sure the players follow them. BU also has a big white board in the gym that lists each player’s name and his stats in workout categories. Boyle does work personally with the players over the summer and before the season gets going as much as he can.

I wonder if Coach Parker has ever considered playing Ben Rosen at the point on the power play. – Anonymous

Ben Rosen likely could play the point on the power play, and if the power play is struggling, he may end up there at some point, but he is not at the top of the list for options at the point. Both Adam Clendening and Alexx Privitera came to BU with the expectation that the two of them would be quarterbacks on the power play, and Chris Connolly, Sahir Gill and Wade Megan have all proven that they can play the point effectively as well. With Max Nicastro’s booming slap shot, it seems that Rosen would be a fourth or fifth choice on the point for the power play, thus making it unlikely that he would play there for a substantial amount of time this season.

I have a question regarding the recent change in defensive philosophy which began during the first BC/BU game where the team changed from a zone defense to a man-to-man defensive scheme. It appears that ever since this change went into effect, the team has looked more solid defensively, giving up fewer goals, odd-man rushes and grade-A chances. I wonder if Coach Parker could comment on how and why he feels this change in defensive scheme has led to better play and results on the part of the team. Also, could he explain the basic differences in the two schemes? – Paul

You’re right, Paul, ever since that weekend when BU played Merrimack and BC (Nov. 11 and 13, respectively) the defense has really stepped up. That was the weekend coach Jack Parker changed the system from zone defense (each player is responsible for a part of the ice) to a man-to-man version (each player is responsible for a specific player).

The main reason it’s worked is because, along with the new system, the team is stressing “accountability,” making sure each Terrier was on his man. With zone defense it’s too easy to not feel responsible for a player and, in turn, goals, but with man-to-man, if your guy scores it’s more on you.

Of course, goaltending needs to get some credit for this recent hot streak as well. The defense has been much improved, and Parker’s been especially impressed with Sean Escobedo and Max Nicastro lately, but Kieran Millan has more than held down the fort since that first BC game. Grant Rollheiser was impressive as well in the one game he started (4-3 win over Vermont on Nov. 18), given is sporadic playing time.

I’m curious about everyone’s favorite topic – Adam Clendening. I feel like he was really catching on at the end of last year which was really good for us. But this year he’s kind of back to his old ways, like first semester last year. So do you think last semester was a fluke or does he actually have it in him to be a consistent and solid player on this team? Or will he forever be too concerned with goal scoring to be a defenseman? -Anonymous

Last spring was not a fluke; that is how Clendening is expected to play and has indeed played for much of this season. Parker explained that last year, Clendening tried to do too much during the first half, and then the next semester rolled around and he started to figure it out. This year has been up and down, but, as Parker has pointed out, Clendening doesn’t get frustrated when he tries to do too much and fails, a problem of his last year. Clendening has had a tendency to step it up big time in the team’s bigger games (BC, UNH, Merrimack, Cornell), which is a big plus.

Clendening should (operative word) be “a consistent and solid player,” as you put it, not only on this team but also in all of college hockey, by Parker’s expectations. He said last week that him and Garrett Noonan are two of the best defensemen in Hockey East, though they “still learning how to live up to their [and] how to be responsible for their capabilities.” I think the Blackhawks would agree.

I’m interested in the emergence of the 4th line as a “go to” for BU. They bring some jump, energy and hard hitting action. Bernie said during the broadcast of the MSG game that they were BU’s best line. How’s about some coverage and love for those guys? -Anonymous

I wouldn’t go as far as to say the 4th line is the “go to” line for BU (it’s still the fourth line, after all), but they have certainly impressed of late. During Red Hot Hockey in particular, Justin Courtnall, Ben Rosen and Ross Gaudet played well, so much so Parker put them on the ice in overtime – leading to, of course, Gaudet’s game-winning goal.

Though he wasn’t on the fourth line at Madison Square Garden, Yasin Cissé has been a big part of that line’s revitalization. Cissé has shaken off a lot of his early rust after missing nearly two years with ankle and thoroughly pleased Parker. He’s very fast, good with the puck and physical, and Parker has gone as far as to say Cissé has the potential to play on the first line (though that would take a lot of bad luck for BU to happen this year). When you get a player like that on your fourth line, it’ll certainly help.

Will Alexx Privitera ever see any playing time this year? To be completely honest I think he is about 10x better then that traffic cone Ryan Ruikka. -Anonymous

Since this question as been submitted, Alexx Privitera has indeed received more playing time, and that looks like it will be the case for the foreseeable future. Clendening, Noonan, Escobedo and Nicastro are all playing well and have pretty solidified spots in the lineup, leaving the threesome of Ryan Ruikka, Patrick MacGregor and Privitera rotating in and out. Three guys, two spots. That’s the problem (or benefit) of depth.

Parker is a fan of Privitera (even though I don’t once remember calling the coach calling him by his name; it’s always ”6” or “the freshman defenseman”), and is working harder now to get him into the lineup on a regular basis. With the temporary loss of Clendening during the intercession, Privitera should play in all three of those games (Notre Dame, Merrimack and an exhibition against the U.S. U-18 Team), so Parker wants to prepare him for that.

That said, Parker does share your opinion, Anonymous, on Ruikka. He values the junior in terms of skill/ice time as well as leadership (the latter of which he has mentioned on multiple occasions), so don’t hold your breathe waiting for Ruikka to take a more permanent seat on the bench.

Also don’t forget about next year. It’s important to have Privitera learn to hold his own because in 2012-13, he’ll be a mainstay blue liner. Ruikka may or may not come back for his last year of eligibility (he’ll technically graduate in May, and has the option of going to grad school at BU to keep playing), and there’s always the risk of Clendening going pro after this year.

Do you think Parker shows too much unconditional love towards certain players? It seems to me that some of the “stars” get massive amounts of ice time and are pretty much allowed to behave anyway they choose on the ice with no repercussions while other hard working guys are healthy scratches or get minimal ice time. Is he afraid that these guys will be early departures if he takes a stand and benches them? -Anonymous

You might have a point. Rarely, if ever, does Parker ever bench one of his “star” players. Last week, after BU’s 5-3 over BC despite overall poor play, Parker strongly suggested someone would be sitting the next night. The only two that did were Cason Hohmann and Privitera, two players who were not at fault for “stupid” penalties or “selfish” play on Friday. Parker’s reasoning on Saturday was that, after looking at the game film, there weren’t nearly as many stupid penalties as he thought there was.

Still, you have to wonder if Parker’s afraid to take a stand. He benched Alex Chiasson for a game against UMass early this season, but that’s about it in terms of sending a signal to the big-name players. He probably should have benched Chiasson again Saturday night after Chiasson’s lazy play led to the third BC goal on Friday night, and then the assistant captain took two lazy penalties in a row. Parker voiced his displeasure with those plays when we spoke to him this Wednesday, but other than giving Chiasson a stern talking-to after Friday’s BC game, he did not do anything to our knowledge.

Beyond that, other stars have performed pretty well. Parker loves Corey Trivino. He’s liked Nieto and Coyle, especially together. Gill has impressed him with his skill and flexibility, being able to move from line to line. Though he hasn’t scored, Connolly has produced assists-wise and is the captain, so he surely won’t get benched. Parker has suggested that if he continues to struggle finding the back of the net dropping him down isn’t out of the question, but I don’t expect that given the fact that his line has produced.

On defense, guys have stepped it up a lot. Parker mentioned on Wednesday that Escobedo and Nicastro, two guys with big expectations coming into the season that struggled a bit, have really been coming into their own lately. Clendening, as discussed earlier, has had his ups and downs, but Parker likes his overall play. Noonan is arguably the most at fault for so-called “stupid” penalties, but I’m beginning to think that’s just his personality. Noonan is just a goofy, easy-going guy, and Parker has said Noonan lets his emotions get the best of him on the ice sometimes. Maybe the coach has just accepted that that’s who Noonan is.

From the FreeP: So goes Kieran, so go the Terriers

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

This weekend, as the No. 13 Boston University men’s hockey team played a home-and-home series with No. 2/3 Boston College, the Terriers learned – or re-learned, maybe – one of the most important trends about the team: so goes Kieran, so go the Terriers.

In both games, a 5-3 win Friday at Conte Forum and a 6-1 loss Saturday at Agganis Arena, the performance of senior goaltender Kieran Millan made most of the difference in the success of the Terriers (8-5-1, 6-4-1 Hockey East) against the Eagles (11-5-0, 8-3-0 Hockey East).

On Friday night, Millan got his weekend off to a start that could have hardly gone better. After limiting opponents to one goal or fewer in three straight games, including a 5-0 shutout of BC on Nov. 13, the 2009 Hockey East Rookie of the Year continued his torrid hot streak with 42 saves.

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From the FreeP: Give and take: Terriers split weekend series with BC

By Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff

In the closing game of the No. 13 Boston University hockey team’s season series against No. 2/3 Boston College, the Eagles (11-5-0, 8-3-0 Hockey East) avoided a season sweep with a 6-1 drubbing of the Terriers (8-5-1, 6-4-1 Hockey East) Saturday night at Agganis Arena.

It was the Terriers’ first loss in their last six games, ending BU’s longest win streak since closing out its 2008-09 NCAA championship run. It also marked the end of a strange weekend for the Terriers, who won a game Friday despite getting outplayed and lost a game Saturday despite their improved play.

“I explained that in the dressing room, that ‘You probably are wondering why we got a W [Friday] and I’m really upset with you, and then I’m telling you that was a pretty good game tonight,’” said BU head coach Jack Parker. “Sometimes it goes that way. For the most part, we were playing the right way tonight.”

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